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Giveaway: Altaro Oops!Backup is Time Machine for Windows

Let's start with a disclaimer: I'm strictly a Windows guy. Have never used a Mac. But I do know what Time Machine is supposed to do, and I was quite envious of my fellow Macheads when it was released. I have a serious backup fetish, and my combined backup strategy (remote + complete local mirroring) was lacking in just that one area -- intuitive versioning which stays out of your way but is there when you need it.

Thinking that there must be something similar for Windows, couple of months ago I set out in search for it. Surprisingly enough, I did not find many such solutions, and found no free ones. Nothing intuitive, anyway. But I did stumble upon Altaro's Oops!Backup. They were still beta-testing it at the time, and I thought I'd drop them a line and offer to help out. They're a very small company, and the reply I got came directly from the head honcho, David Vella. He was kind enough to let me beta-test the software, and was very responsive to my feedback.

I haven't had to rely on Oops!Backup many times, but when I did, it did not fail me. The intuitive interface shows your folder structure along with a bar along the right side of the windows which allow you to go back in time. Restores are snappy and take mere seconds even for large folders.

Oops!Backup auto-detects when you plug out the removable drive it's using, and does not make a fuss about it. When you plug the drive back in, you get a balloon popup telling you that backups are now enabled again.

Oops!Backup is normally $37.00, but we've managed to score 25 copies to hand out to Download Squad readers.


Simply leave a comment and we'll enter you into the prize draw. You have until 11:59PM EST Sunday 17th January. Full terms and conditions after the break.

  • Open to legal US residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are 18 and older.
  • To enter, leave a comment below.
  • The comment must be left by Sunday, January 17 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time.
  • You may enter only once.
  • Winners will be selected in a random drawing.
  • Prize: Oops!Backup license, retail value of $37.00USD.
  • Click Here for complete Official Rules.

Tags: backup, giveaway, shareware, Time Machine, TimeMachine